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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd93.2 (24th)310.6 (1st)
Defense31st129.4 (28th)284.0 (30th)
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88Allen, RaShaun TE6-42502/25/19902Southern University
42Anderson, James OLB6-22359/26/198310Virginia Tech
50Anthony, Stephone MLB6-22457/28/1992RClemson
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19913Arkansas-Pine Bluff
90Barnes, Tavaris DE6-327511/2/1991RClemson
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19891Louisiana State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197915Purdue
39Browner, Brandon CB6-42218/2/19846Oregon State
31Byrd, Jairus FS5-1020310/7/19867Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19894Appalachian State
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19921Rutgers
12Colston, Marques WR6-42256/5/198310Hofstra
10Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19932Oregon State
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/1992RFresno State
20Dixon, Brian DB6-01954/26/19902Northwest Missouri State
47Drescher, Justin LS6-12351/1/19886Colorado
91Edebali, Kasim DE6-22538/17/19892Boston College
59Ellerbe, Dannell OLB6-124511/29/19857Georgia
71Eulls, Kaleb DT6-32856/28/1991RMississippi State
73Evans, Jahri G6-43188/22/198310Bloomsburg
3Flynn, Matt QB6-22256/20/19858Louisiana State
5Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19874UCLA
18Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/1991RColorado State
58Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/1991ROregon State
57Hawthorne, David OLB6-02465/14/19858Texas Christian
34Hightower, Tim RB6-02205/23/19864Richmond
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19903Idaho State
76Hills, Tony T6-530411/4/19847Texas
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19886Illinois
53Humber, Ramon OLB5-112328/10/19877North Dakota State
92Jenkins, John DT6-33597/11/19893Georgia
35Johnson, Austin FB6-22406/16/19892Tennessee
15Jones, Seantavius WR6-32008/9/19921Valdosta State
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19895California
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19903Washington
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/1992RWashington
68Lelito, Tim G6-43157/21/19893Grand Valley State
56Mauti, Michael OLB6-22431/19/19903Penn State
 McCown, Luke QB6-42177/12/198112Louisiana Tech
77McGlynn, Mike T6-43253/8/19857Pittsburgh
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19867Southern Methodist
45Opurum, Toben RB6-125011/18/19901Kansas
30Owens, Chris DB5-918012/1/19867San Jose State
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/1993RStanford
78Richardson, Bobby DE6-328611/20/1992RIndiana
33Sanford, Jamarca SS5-102008/27/19857Mississippi
66Seymour, Ryan G6-43052/7/19902Vanderbilt
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19921Ball State
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198310Northwestern
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19867Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19913Texas
82Watson, Benjamin TE6-325512/18/198012Georgia
93Williams, Kevin DT6-53118/16/198013Oklahoma State
24Wilson, Kyle DB5-101909/8/19876Boise State
Injured Players
71Brown, Austin (IR) NT6-22959/14/1991RMiami (Ohio)
25Bush, Rafael (IR) FS5-112055/12/19875South Carolina State
48Hunter, Kendall (IR) RB5-71999/16/19885Oklahoma State
22Ingram, Mark (IR) RB5-921512/21/19895Alabama
21Lewis, Keenan (IR) CB6-12085/17/19867Oregon State
23Murphy, Marcus (IR) RB5-919510/3/1991RMissouri
29Robinson, Khiry (IR) RB6-022012/28/19893West Texas A&M
28Spiller, C.J. (IR) RB5-112008/5/19876Clemson
43Sunseri, Vinnie (IR) SAF6-021010/25/19912Alabama
27Swann, Damian (IR) CB6-018912/4/1992RGeorgia
 Tabb, Jack (IR) TE6-32507/29/1992RNorth Carolina
55Tull, Davis (IR) OLB6-324011/12/1991RTennessee-Chattanooga
96Virgil, Lawrence (IR) DT6-52901/20/19911Valdosta State
36Williams, P.J. (IR) CB6-01966/1/1993RFlorida State
Practice Squad
 Bell, Reggie WR5-112015/6/1992RCalifornia-San Diego
 Darby, Alden DB5-101926/22/1992RArizona State
 Dixon, Brandon DB5-112034/26/19902Northwest Missouri State
 Hill, Bronson RB5-102151/2/1993REastern Michigan
 Luc, Jeff LB6-12552/14/1992RCincinnati
74Mabry, Ashaad DL6-331511/4/1992RTexas-San Antonio
86Manhertz, Chris TE6-62354/10/19921Canisius
 Witzmann, Bryan T6-73116/16/19902South Dakota State
 Wynn, Shane WR5-616711/15/1992RIndiana
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-4311.96-3290.526.82237
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Position Listing
Bobby Richardson
Saints DT Bobby Richardson made six tackles (two solo) in Sunday's win against the Cowboys.

Richardson, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Indiana, made his first career start in Week 4, after Akiem Hicks was traded mid-week to the Patriots.

While Richardson rotated playing time with another rookie, Tyler Davison, he was on the field for 38 of the Saints' 61 defensive snaps (62 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made two tackles for a loss.

If Richardson can continue to hold down the starting gig, he could make an impact in deeper individual defensive player leagues.

Senio Kelemete
The Saints signed offensive lineman Senio Kelemete to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"

Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.

Tyeler Davison
No Updates
Brandin Cooks
Cooks caught five of six targets for 22 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Cooks entered Sunday's game posting 100-yard performances in three of his prior four games, the exception being another sub-30-yard dud. The young receiver swayed back and forth between brilliant performances and head-scratchers in 2015, tallying as many games under 40 yards receiving, four, as games with over 100 yards. Cooks still managed to give fantasy owners plenty to get excited about as the season progressed, however, accumulating eight touchdowns in the season's final nine games after scoring just once in the Saints' first seven contests. Sean Payton and Drew Brees' futures hang in the balance this off season, but Cooks should be the focal point of the offense next year no matter who is running the show.

Terron Armstead
Saints tackle Terron Armstead left practice early on Monday morning, per ESPN

The team didn't disclose the reason for Armstead's early departure and wouldn't confirm whether it was injury-related. 

Armstead watched the afternoon walk-through from the sideline but didn't participate. 

Kaleb Eulls
No Updates
Jahri Evans
Saints guard Jahri Evans reworked his contract this offseason to secure his future with the team, per ESPN.com.

Evans, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, took pay cuts in 2015 and 2016, but also added an extra year to his contract, something he valued in the process.

"It worked out in the end. You know, it's part of the business, obviously. And I'm glad to be here," Evans said.

Evans said he was happy head coach Sean Payton kept the line of communication with him active throughout the process.

"So that was very great, and I was pleased with that," said Evans, who added, "I still had two years under contract, so I never saw myself not being here."

Ramon Humber
Humber (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Humber, who has 26 tackles and a sack on the season, had missed the Saints' previous two games. He could be in line to start Sunday with Dannell Ellerbe (hip) and David Hawthorne (thigh) ruled out.

Davis Tull
The Saints made a number of changes to their roster on Saturday, per ESPN.com.

Running back Tim Hightower and offensive lineman Mike McGlynn were cut. Linebacker Davis Tull, who is nursing a shoulder injury, was put on the injured reserve.

New Orleans also added safety Don Jones , wide receiver Seantavius Jones and fullback Toben Opurum to the active roster from the practice squad.

Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Alden Darby
The Chargers announced their final round of roster cuts on Saturday, paring their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

The following players were let go by San Diego: WR Vincent Brown, LB Victor Aiyewa, DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, CB Crezdon Butler, S Alden Darby, CB Greg Ducre, TE Mike Flacco, T Michael Harris , WR Javontee Herndon, OLB Thomas Keiser, DL Joe Kruger, OLB Cordarro Law, S Adrian Phillips, WR Tevin Reese, T Jeremiah Sirles, QB Brad Sorensen, OLB Colton Underwood, G Craig Watts, T Kenny Wiggins, C Khalil Wilkes and DL Doug Worthington.
Delvin Breaux
No Updates
James Anderson
Cowboys quarterback Dustin Vaughan, linebacker Keith Smith, linebacker James Anderson, tackle Doug Free, tackle Donald Hawkins, defensive end Kenneth Boatright and defensive tackle Terrell McClain were ruled inactive for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay.
Benjamin Watson
Watson was targeted 10 times during Sunday's win over the Falcons, collecting six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

"Can't repeat the past," Jay Gatsby, and maybe Ben Watson, cried out incredulously. "Why of course you can!" Unlike The Great Gatsby, Watson was not only able to return to his past self, he improved upon it. At age 35, Watson set or tied career highs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns in 2015. He finished the season having been targeted eight or more times in five of the Saints' last six games. With this level of production, it wouldn't be a total surprise if New Orleans resigned Watson to a short-term deal as the roster lacks an obvious successor. Josh Hill, a fantasy sleeper to start the year, managed just 16 catches in backup duty.

Cameron Jordan
Jordan made 10 sacks and 45 tackles (32 solo) in 16 games this season.

While Jordan had a tendency to disappear in games - recording only a single tackle in four different games - the double-digit sack total represents a nice rebound from a disappointing 2014 season. His performance is especially impressive considering that the Saints struggled to find a consistent pass rusher opposite him, resulting in additional blocking attention on Jordan. With the Saints expected to add more playmakers on the defensive line through the draft or free agency, Jordan could be in for another solid season in 2016 if opposing blockers can't focus all their attention on him.

Bronson Hill
Hill was signed to a future/reserve contract with the Bengals on Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of the Times-Picayune reports.

After being released by the Bills in September, Hill was picked up by the Saints and finished out the year on their practice squad. The Eastern Michigan product could have a tough time cracking Cincinnati's roster purely as a running back given the team's depth at the position.

Brian Dixon
The Saints placed three players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

Safety Jairus Byrd, wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Glenn Foster were all placed on PUP. Cornerback Brian Dixon was placed on the non-football injury list. 

Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury. 

All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season. 

Kendall Hunter
The Saints placed Hunter (undisclosed) on injured reserve Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hunter came down with an unknown injury in Thursday's practice, which was serious enough to impact his Week 17 availability. Instead, the Saints will trust in Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet to head the backfield in Sunday's season finale at Atlanta.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Toben Opurum
The Saints reached a contract agreement with running back Tim Hightower on Monday, reports NOLA.com.

To make room for Hightower, the team parted ways with wide receiver Seantavius Jones. The team also waived fullback Toben Opurum and added OL Mike McGlynn.

Michael Mauti
The Vikings listed cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Jerick McKinnon, fullback Zach Line, linebacker Michael Mauti, linebacker Brandon Watts, guard David Yankey and tackle J’Marcus Webb as inactive for Week 13 against the Panthers.
Tavaris Barnes
No Updates
Obum Gwacham
The Seahawks have six of their eight draft picks under contract.

Picks that have signed are:

Fourth-round guard Terry Poole, fourth-round guard Mark Glowinski, sixth-round defensive end Obum Gwacham, fifth-round cornerback Tye Smith, sixth-round center Kristjan Sokoli and seventh-round safety Ryan Murphy.

The only picks yet to sign with the team are second-round defensive end Frank Clark and third-round receiver Tyler Lockett.

Travaris Cadet
In two games with the Saints, Cadet gained 12 yards on four carries and added nine receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.

After suffering a rash of injuries to end the season, the Saints re-signed Cadet, who had appeared in games with both the Patriots and 49ers this season. Cadet had spent the first three seasons of his career with the Saints, before signing in New England this offseason. While he's not much of a runner, Cadet's chops as a pass-catching threat quickly re-surfaced in his two games back with the Saints. It remains to be seen, however, whether Cadet will be back with the Saints in 2016, as he is once again a free agent this offseason.

Tim Hightower
Hightower rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added 41 yards on five catches in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Prior to November, Hightower hadn't played in a competitive football game since 2011. After the kind of production he put together to close the season, there may be plenty more games in his future. Hightower averaged 114 total yards and a touchdown during the season's final four games for a Saints backfield riddled by injuries. Hightower will be 30 by the start of the 2016 season, but his ability to pound the line of scrimmage and catch the ball out of the backfield should be good enough to earn him a supporting role next season.

Garrett Grayson
Last year as a senior at Colorado State, Saints 2015 third-round draft pick Garrett Grayson received some vital words of wisdom from his idol, helping him become the 75th pick in the draft. The quarterback had been invited to participate in the annual Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. It was there that he got to watch Peyton Manning perform drills and answer questions.

“We got to sit down in a room with him and Eli and just talk football, how they prepare for the game, what they’re looking for in defenses. So that was something I learned from, just to kind of be around him and see how he approaches everything, that meant a ton,” Grayson said, per ESPN.com. “You always hear about what a perfectionist he is, how seriously he takes every single drill. So to get to meet him and be around him and see that in person, I kind of learned from that and took that back.

“Looking back on my senior year, that’s another thing why I had so much success, because I wasn’t taking things like even a simple three-step drop for [granted]. I was serious with everything I did. So I’m definitely thankful for that opportunity.”

Jairus Byrd
Byrd made seven tackles (four solo) and had an interception in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Remarkably, the interception was Byrd's first in two injury-plagued seasons in New Orleans. Byrd has also recently picked up his game in other areas, making a combined 22 tackles (15 solo) in his last three games. Keep in mind that strong safety Kenny Vaccaro primarily plays near the line of scrimmage, while Byrd plays much deeper at free safety, but Byrd is slowly becoming an option in deeper IDP leagues.

Kevin Williams
The Saints were busy making personnel changes on Friday. The team signed defensive tackle Kevin Williams and waived rookie tight end Harold Spears, per The Times-Picayune.

Williams, a six-time Pro Bowler, signed a one-year deal with the Saints. He's played in 187 games over the last 12 years, and started eight games last season while recording 30 tackles and three sacks.

Spears caught 56 passes for 838 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at New Hampshire last year.

Mike McGlynn
The Saints made a number of changes to their roster on Saturday, per ESPN.com.

Running back Tim Hightower and offensive lineman Mike McGlynn were cut. Linebacker Davis Tull, who is nursing a shoulder injury, was put on the injured reserve.

New Orleans also added safety Don Jones , wide receiver Seantavius Jones and fullback Toben Opurum to the active roster from the practice squad.

Drew Brees
Brees (foot) is not expected to need surgery to repair the torn plantar fascia in his right heel, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Brees visited with Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended that the quarterback rest for four-to-six weeks before easing back into training activities. The foot injury didn't stop Brees from finishing the season on a high note, as he threw for 300+ yards (without any interceptions) in each of his final four games. There have been some reports suggesting that the Saints might move on if Brees won't take an outright pay cut for 2016, but it's hard to imagine that any team would actually be so foolish. If anything, Brees will likely be offered an extension that allows him to take home even more money in 2016 while also reducing his cap hit. He's still one of the top quarterbacks in the league, and his 2016 outlook is brightened by the emergence of Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.

Ashaad Mabry
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to ESPN.com.
C.J. Spiller
Spiller (leg) gained 112 yards on 36 carries and 239 yards on 34 receptions in 13 games in his first season with the Saints.

2015 was an unmitigated disaster for Spiller, as he failed to meet fantasy owners' high expectations after signing with the Saints this offseason. Rather than serving as the Saints' backfield pass-catching option, a la Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles, Spiller missed nearly all of training camp following arthroscopic knee surgery and struggled to earn playing time after he returned to health. Spiller is still under contract for another three years, but with Mark Ingram emerging as a receiver and Tim Hightower exploding back onto the NFL scene, not to mention the possible return of Khiry Robinson, Spiller will likely enter a crowded Saints' backfield in 2016.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
RaShaun Allen
The Seahawks have signed 11 players to future contracts, the team announced Wednesday.

Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.

Jack Tabb
The Saints signed free agent tight end Alex Smith after Friday's practice, ESPN reported. 

Smith is a 10-year veteran who played with Cincinnati last season. 

Smith will replace rookie Jack Tabb, who appeared to suffer a leg injury at Thursday's practice. Tabb was waived/injured. 

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Ryan Seymour
Browns backup center Ryan Seymour was suspended Monday for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Seymour, who appeared in 11 games in 2014, is in his third NFL season.
Brandon Coleman
Coleman caught 30 passes on 49 targets for 454 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games in 2015.

Many projected Coleman to be a breakout performer this season, but he often struggled to earn significant playing time in a crowded Saints' receiving corps. Rather, it was another young receiver that made some serious noise in fantasy leagues, as second-year pro Willie Snead emerged as the Saints' No. wide receiver. Coleman put together some solid performances when given playing time, including a career-high five catches and 81 yards in the season finale with Marques Colston sidelined. Colston is a potential cap casualty this offseason, and if he departs, Coleman could once again be a sleeper option in deeper leagues in 2016.

Josh Hill
Hill gained 120 yards on 16 catches this season. He also scored two touchdowns.

It was a disappointing season for Hill, who entered 2015 as a potential sleeper in the wake of the Saints' trading away Jimmy Graham during the offseason. Hill is a free agent this offseason, and after showing flashes of promise at the end of 2014, it would not be surprising if he re-signed with the Saints. If he returns, however, he may once again find himself behind Ben Watson in the tight-end pecking order.

Austin Johnson
The Saints signed Johnson on Wednesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Johnson has jumped between the Saints' 53-man roster and practice squad over the past three seasons, but in 17 appearances between 2014 and 2015, he totaled 12 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions (on 10 targets) for 45 yards. At the outset of the offseason, he'll be measuring himself against fellow fullback Toben Opurum.

Zach Strief
Despite drafting Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in the first round, Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't see him competing for a starting spot. 

"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.

The Saints have veterans Zach Strief and Terron Armstead at the two tackle spots. 

"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."

Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said. 

Kyle Wilson
The Saints agreed to terms with cornerback Kyle Wilson on Wednesday, the team announced.

Details of the contract were not disclosed. Wilson spent the last five seasons playing for the Jets. In 2014, he totaled 26 tackles and one sack. He has three career interceptions.

Shane Wynn
The Browns were awarded wide receiver Shane Wynn via waivers from the Falcons on Friday, the team announced.

Wynn, an undrafted free agent, spent the offseason with the Falcons before being placed on waivers.

Damian Swann
Rookie cornerback Damian Swann has signed a four-year deal with the Saints, per the Baltimore Sun. It's worth $2.464 million.

The signing of the fifth-rounder leaves all New Orleans draftees in the fold aside from Andrus Peat.

Head - IR. Out for season
Tim Lelito
Saints coach Sean Payton said at the annual NFL meeting that he doesn't think the moves the team has made this offseason have opened any holes in the starting lineup, indicating specifically that Tim Lelito would join Jahri Evans as the team's starting guards after the departure of Ben Grubbs, Saints.com reports.

"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."

Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker.  He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.

Justin Drescher
No Updates
Jeff Luc
No Updates
P.J. Williams
The Saints placed cornerback P.J. Williams on injured reserve, reports NFL.com. Williams will miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring. He was a third-round pick in 2015.
Hamstring - IR. Out for season
David Hawthorne
Hawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons.

With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.

Stephone Anthony
Anthony finished the year with 112 tackles (70 solo), one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

Anthony's rookie season was a roaring success, as he seized the starting middle linebacker job in the preseason and never looked back. While he did not offer much as a pass rusher, Anthony almost certainly will start 2016 as the Saints' starting middle linebacker and should serve as a consistent source of tackles for fantasy owners in IDP leagues for years to come.

Michael Hoomanawanui
Hoomanawanui was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Giants.

A week after catching five passes and scoring a touchdown against the Colts, Hoomanawanui was silent in a home shootout against the Giants. Instead, it was tight end Ben Watson who once again carried the receiving load, snagging nine passes for a career-high 147 yards. Hoomanawanui still played 27 of the Saints' 78 offensive snaps (35 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, but the renown blocker is simply not much of a receiving threat.

Jamarca Sanford
The Saints placed safety Rafael Bush (chest) on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

Bush's season is over due to the chest injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. With Jairus Byrd (knee) also injured, the Saints will turn to either Jamarca Sanford or Kenny Phillips at free safety for the time being.

Khiry Robinson
Robinson (leg) was cleared to begin jogging Wednesday.

Robinson received a modest workload from game-to-game until he broke his tibia in Week 8, totaling 56 carries for 180 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 17 catches (on 20 targets) for 115 yards, as he hauled in multiple balls in six of eight games. As a restricted free agent, any offer that he receives in the coming months could be matched by a Saints squad that has running backs Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, and Marcus Murphy already under contract.

Leg - IR. Out for season
Rafael Bush
The Saints placed safety Rafael Bush (chest) on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

Bush's season is over due to the chest injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. With Jairus Byrd (knee) also injured, the Saints will turn to either Jamarca Sanford or Kenny Phillips at free safety for the time being.

Reggie Bell
No Updates
Bryan Witzmann
No Updates
Mark Ingram
Ingram is slated to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn left rotator cuff, ESPN.com reports.

This info clarifies the nature of the issue that landed Ingram on IR, and given the timing of the procedure, the running back will have plenty of recovery time in advance of the 2016 season. Down the stretch, in Ingram's absence, the Saints figure to rely primarily on a backfield duo of C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower, with Marcus Murphy on hand in a reserve role.

Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Seantavius Jones
The Saints reached a contract agreement with running back Tim Hightower on Monday, reports NOLA.com.

To make room for Hightower, the team parted ways with wide receiver Seantavius Jones. The team also waived fullback Toben Opurum and added OL Mike McGlynn.

Chris Owens
Owens will sign with the Saints, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Owens was most recently with the Lions, where he was eventually placed on IR only to be released in late-October. The defense back most recently saw playing time with the Chiefs in 2014, where he accumulated 33 combined tackles over 11 games.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Kai Forbath
Forbath made both of his field goals attempts in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Forbath, who converted a 57-yard kick late in the first half, was one of the few bright spots for a Saints' offense that struggled mightily against a resurgent Houston defense. Since joining the Saints in late October, he's only seen three field goal attempts in five games, but has made 16-of-17 extra points attempts. Forbath is firmly entrenched as the Saints' kicker for the foreseeable future, and while the team's offense has struggled lately, he's still a starting option for fantasy owners.

Marcus Murphy
Murphy (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

The Saints' backfield has taken hits in quick session over the last week, with Murphy joining Mark Ingram (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (leg) on injured reserve. While Murphy had just one carry in his rookie season, he served as the Saints' primary returner, racking up 25.0 yards per kickoff return and 9.3 yards per punt return. In his stead, C.J. Spiller will likely take on a portion of those duties.

Ankle - IR. Out for season
Tony Hills
The Panthers signed two offensive linemen and released a running back to get their roster to 90 players on Tuesday. 

The Panthers signed Tony Hills and Davonte Wallace and released Darrin Reaves.

Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year. 

Chris Manhertz
No Updates
Willie Snead
Snead snatched three of four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Snead entered Sunday posting 70 or more yards in five of his previous seven games, but ended the season on a low note. The young receiver found ways of picking up yards in chunks this season, ranking 22nd in the league with 15 receptions of 20 or more yards despite tallying the fourth fewest receptions of anyone in the top 25. Snead finished the year with a solid 984 yards, but will need to score more to become a more dependable fantasy starter. Snead sported scoreless streaks of seven and five games this season.

Kenny Vaccaro
Vaccaro made 104 tackles (71 solo) and three sacks in 16 games this season.

Although there were very few positives in the Saints' historically bad defensive campaign, Vaccaro's resurgence certain counts as one of them. Vaccaro battled a variety of injuries in 2014, but finally healthy, he was able to set career highs in both tackles and sacks in 2015. While failed to record an interception, Vaccaro excelled as a run stopper. A natural strong safety, Vaccaro played closer to the line of scrimmage this year, and he credited his improved play to defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who took over for the deposed Rob Ryan midway through the season. With Allen calling the shots again in 2016, Vaccaro could once again be one of the better options at defensive back in IDP leagues.

Luke McCown
McCown won't play again this season following Tuesday's back surgery, Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

McCown was present on the injury report last week due to a lower back injury, but the severity wasn't clear until he was ruled out for an appearance in Week 9 on Friday. After an evaluation with a specialist Monday, surgery was announced for Tuesday, which will subsequently end his season. In his stead, the Saints will bring Matt Flynn into the fold to serve as Drew Brees' backup.

Back - IR. Out for season
Vinnie Sunseri
After going unclaimed on waivers, the Saints placed safety Vinnie Sunseri , receiver Nick Toon and linebacker Ronald Powell on injured reserve, according to The Times-Picayune.
Leg - IR. Out for season
Brandon Browner
Browner made 76 tackles (63 solo) and had one interception and 10 pass defenses in 16 games this season.

Browner set an NFL record for penalties in 2015, and things got so ugly by the end of the season that he was booed in pregame introductions before the home finale. From a fantasy standpoint, however, Browner was excellent, as his 76 tackles rank this among cornerbacks in the NFL. Browner is likely be back with the Saints in 2016 because he is still owed a significant amount of guaranteed money and showed flashes of being an asset when used properly (as he showed against Detroit's Calvin Johnson), but with the emergence of Delvin Breaux and potential return of Keenan Lewis, Browner may be hard-pressed to see the ample playing time that made him an IDP commodity this season.

Austin Brown
The Texans waived or released the following players: running back William Powell, linebackers Terrance Lloyd and Lawrence Sidbury, nose tackles David Hunter and Austin Brown, cornerback Junior Mertile, guard Sam Longo and receivers Joe Adams and Alec Lemon.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Andrus Peat
The Saints agreed to terms on a contract with first-round draft pick Andrus Peat , GM Mickey Loomis announced on Thursday, per the team's web site

Peat was the 13th overall pick in the draft, out of Stanford. The offensive lineman agreed to a four-year deal. 

John Jenkins
The Saints announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday. The team elevated quarterback Ryan Griffin to the 53-man active roster and placed nose tackle John Jenkins on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.

Jenkins registered 30 combined tackles and a sack in 12 games played.

Hau'oli Kikaha
Kikaha (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Kikaha, who ranks second on the Saints with four sacks, will reclaim his starting spot on the outside after the Saints' recent bye week afforded him enough time to recover from the ankle ailment.

Thomas Morstead
No Updates
Lawrence Virgil
The Saints have ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons: Seantavius Jones, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Jamarca Sanford, Travaris Cadet, Moises Fokou, Lawrence Virgil and Terron Armstead.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Matt Flynn
Flynn is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Meanwhile, rookie Garrett Grayson is listed as inactive, meaning that Flynn is now locked in as the top backup behind Drew Brees.

Brandon Dixon
Buccaneers running backs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) headline the Week 9 inactives for Sunday in Cleveland. Also injured and out are linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and tackle Anthony Collins (foot).

The healthy scratches are cornerback Brandon Dixon and guard Kadeem Edwards.

Marques Colston
Colston caught 45 passes on 67 targets for 520 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games this season.

Colston's tenth season in a Saints' uniform was by far his worst, as he set career lows in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Colston missed the Saints' final two games, and as the season progressed, he lost significant playing time to second-year pro Willie Snead. Although he's signed through 2016, the long-tenured Saint could be a cap casualty this offseason.

Max Unger
The Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a Seattle first-round draft pick, the teams announced Tuesday. New Orleans will also part ways with their fourth-round selection. The trade is contingent on the players passing physicals.

The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.

Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).

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Dannell Ellerbe
Ellerbe and the Saints agreed to a restructured contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Ellerbe signed a five-year, $35 contract with the Dolphins in 2013, then was traded to the Saints in March 2015. He's mostly been effective when healthy, but with just seven games played over the last two seasons, it was inevitable that he'd either accept a pay cut or be released. The Saints presumably have him penciled in as a starter for 2016.

Kasim Edebali
No Updates
Keenan Lewis
Lewis underwent hip surgery Monday, The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Lewis was placed on season-ending injured reserve recently due to hip and knee complications, and had surgery on his hip labrum Monday to correct that ailment. The veteran will now aim to get healthy ahead of next season, while the Saints' porous defense tries to at least finish this season respectfully.

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